Two days ago, we had a great time with Troy and Carol taking their engagement pictures! We have known Troy and Carol a long time, and have seen their relationship grow since they began dating. We’ve appreciated their intention to pursue marriage since the very beginning of their relationship, and also that they’ve known they wanted us to photograph their wedding since before they were even engaged! ; ) We also have a lot of respect for Troy, and his epic proposal! This past February, bubbly and outgoing Carol planned a surprise birthday party for her soft-spoken boyfriend, and sent out a secret facebook invite entitled “Troy’s Surprise Party.” She was so excited to be throwing him a surprise party, as he had never had one thrown for him before. The plan was pretty standard- Carol and Troy would “go out to dinner for his birthday,” and when they arrived at the restaurant, all of the guests would be waiting to yell “Surprise!” A few days later, a conflicting facebook invite appeared in the inbox of all of the same guests entitled “Carol’s Surprise Engagement.” Troy found out about the surprise party, and decided to take the opportunity to propose to Carol and throw her into complete confusion in the process! The meticulous and hilariously-written instructions were to meet at Carol’s apartment just shortly before we were all supposed to have been meeting at the restaurant. Troy told Carol that he’d left something at her apartment, and needed to swing by her place and pick it up before they went out for his birthday dinner. Meanwhile, as all of us guests were waiting for the couple at her apartment, Carol’s roommate was receiving frustrated texts from Carol, updating all of us (who she thought were all at the restaurant) that they would be late because they had stop by the apartment. When Troy and Carol entered, we all jumped out of hiding and yelled “Surprise!” to TROY… which utterly baffled Carol. We all told Troy the normal “Happy Birthday” salutations as Carol looked at all of us, wondering why we all ended up at her apartment instead of the restaurant. Troy picked Carol up and hugged her and thanked her for throwing him this awesome party as someone handed him a birthday present. When he opened the gift, it was Carol’s engagement ring and he dropped to one knee and popped the question. Carol was shocked… and she said yes! Mission accomplished : ) It was awesome to be there for the surprise engagement, and then be able to take their engagement portraits soon afterwards! And we’re so excited for Troy and Carol’s July wedding!
We love Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist! They are so creative, and produce truly incredible floristry. It’s seriously so much fun to photograph a wedding when the flowers are fun, creative and real. Silk flowers usually come in colors that, although seem close, are not the true hues found in nature. When photographing detail-shots of wedding details (shoes, accessories, centerpieces…. flowers!) we use lenses with a shallow, clear and precise focus; the fibers and fabric of silk flowers can look like, well, fabric. We’ve had to, from time to time, synthetically blur images in post-production to hide this. Occasionally, silk flowers can be used is some very tasteful ways to make an artistic statement. However, the #1 reason we get from clients as to why they use silk flowers, is that they don’t have a big budget, so they don’t even bother to get a quote from a florist because silk flowers are cheaper. This is a myth! I would challenge brides who are planning their weddings, even on a shoe-string budget, to invest a little research into real flowers. Silk flowers can be just as (if not more) expensive than real flowers, and real flowers have the advantages of: a> being cost-effective when you have an experienced florist… b> looking amazing in your photographs without your photographer having to re-touch your detail-shots… c> smelling awesome (smell is the sense that best triggers memory, so the smell of fresh flowers can remind you of the happiness of your wedding day for years to come)… and finally d> a very classy appearance at your wedding!
Whether you’re debating between real and silk flowers for your wedding, or are in the market for an incredible florist, you should schedule a consultation with Ribald Farms! They are amazing at what they do, offer wonderful customer service, and are a dream to work with as another vendor!
Last week, Shawna (owner of Ribald Farms) called me, asking if Brian or I were available to come by and snap some images for them of some product they were putting together for a bridal show, as well as some fun new garden product they just got in. Luckily, Brian happened to be driving by the shop, and was able to take some photos for them! Here are a few, so you can have a glimpse of what Ribald Farms has to offer : )
…and here are some of Ribald’s adorable new garden product!
Hmmm… If we had to pick one word to describe Aaron and Dena, it would have to be “FUN!” Our first few meetings with them to discuss our photographing their wedding were just some of those… “yes!” moments for me and Brian. We always have such a great time with them, and all of their ideas for their wedding sound absolutely beautiful! The morning of their engagement session, when we pulled up to Aaron’s grandparents’ house on Lake Wylie (also the venue for Josh & Linsey’s wedding last fall), they handed us bagels… they got us bagels! How cute are they? And when they opened the back of Aaron’s jeep, they had a ton of fun and special props to incorporate. Dena is from Boston, so she and Aaron brought props that lent themselves to a playful “North vs. South” vibe. They even brought fishing poles, which made for a very cute set of images (my faves from the session)! We went to a second location, Belmont Abbey College, where Aaron and Dena met at camp when they were in high school 🙂 It is also where Aaron proposed! Throughout the whole session, Aaron and Dena were just so much fun, so natural and easy-going, and we cannot wait for their September wedding!
Their dog, Ruby!
The set below was taken in Belmont Abbey’s auditorium that we may or may not have sneaked into…
Apparently Dena performed a very impressive Backstreet Boys number on the stage in this room at camp when she and Aaron met.
Standing on the spot where Aaron proposed!